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Laguna de Perlas

Forty miles north of Bluefields, is a relatively undiscovered cultural enclave. Pearl Lagoon is a small, tranquil, clean village with friendly natives, which is suitable to a wide variety of travelers. While the entire Caribbean Coast is a unique blend of indigenous tribes, languages and cultures, Pearl Lagoon is where they all seem to come together within miles of each other. This is only fitting, considering it is the political and economic center of the region.

The town itself is small with paved sidewalks, plenty of greenery and a well-constructed Moravian church, with beige walls and a triangular burgundy roof. Several small villages where indigenous tribes, such as the Moskito Indians, Mayagna Awas, and an African tribe, the Garifuna reside, all whom speak their own languages, surround it. The main culture of the town is English-speaking Creole and with a much safer and welcoming vibe than that of nearby Bluefields.

Fishing is the main economy of the village, although tourism is gradually growing. Pearl Lagoon is the largest coastal town in Nicaragua, and is lined by the Pearl Cays, a set of 18 islands, about 90 miles offshore. The islands are inhabited by mostly by fisherman, and are a great place for a daily getaway to go fishing or snorkeling, or to see the endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtle.

Most people in the town are educated and passionate about the reservation of wildlife. They encourage sport fishing, turtle protection and legal lobster fishing. The owner of local restaurant, Queen Lobster, Nuria Dixon, not only encourages it, she teaches it to local fisherman as well as tourists, along with cooking classes that focus on buying and preparing all local meat and vegetables. Her premise is, ‘Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, he eats for life.’

There are other restaurants in town as well, all which serve seafood, along with Caribbean style Gallo Pinto (with coconut), and choices of chicken or meat, all for under $10.00. There are a couple hotels, as well, mostly quaint and affordable, with friendly owners, such as the Green Lodge Bed and Breakfast and the Casa Blanca, which also offers tours.

Neighborhoods in Laguna de Perlas: 4 Th Of May,

Other places nearby Laguna de Perlas: Corn Island, Kakabila, Waspám and Río Coco, El Rama, Bluefields and Puerto Cabezas.

By Dyani Makous
Dyani Makous has a B.F.A. in writing and a minor in Photography from Emerson College. She is currently living in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, working...
28 Sep 2009

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